Report: Former MLB catcher Mike Piazza exploring purchase of Parma

Friday June 5th, 2015

Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza is interested in buying Italian soccer club Parma, according to a report from ESPN. 

Piazza was in Parma recently and is interested in purchasing the team, the report said. He said he was unable to tell yet if his bid will come to fruition. 

In March, an Italian court declared Parma bankrupt. At that time, the Associated Press estimated that the club was $110 million in debt, although Italian newspaper La Repubblica estimated that figure to be closer to $230 million. 

The club finished at the bottom of the Serie A standings and was relegated to Serie B, the second-best professional league in Italy. 

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The club's insolvency could discount any potential purchase price Piazza would pay, especially if he were able to guarantee some of the club's debt, the report said.

Piazza played in the major leagues for 16 seasons, including eight with the New York Mets. He is baseball's all-time home run leader among catchers. 

- Will Green


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